RACV Help the Grid

RACV and its members can now do their bit to help the Victorian electricity grid

What is RACV Help the Grid?

As a membership organisation that seeks to improve the lives of all Victorians, RACV is encouraging members to be part of the growing number of people taking control and using their power responsibly. 

The RACV Help the Grid program is a way to make a difference in the community by promoting members to participate in energy reducing behaviour to help avoid blackout.

You can voluntarily commit to reducing electricity use during critical times when the grid is facing extreme conditions, such as extreme heat, lowering the potential for blackouts.

The program runs until March 31, 2018 in conjunction with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and the Australian Energy Market Operator.  

In recognition for your contribution, all participating households will go into the draw to win a weekend away at RACV’s award winning Torquay resort*.

*Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes at 11.59PM on 31 March 2018. Draw will take place at RACV, 485 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 on 5 April 2018 at 10am. Winner will be notified by phone and/or in writing. For full terms and conditions, please refer to racv.com.au.

Family helping the electrical grid save energy

Here's how to participate in RACV's Help the Grid program

  • 1


    Opt-in to RACV Help the Grid by registering your details. If you no longer wish to participate, you can also opt-out at anytime. 

  • 2

    Event notification

    Prior to and on the day of an event, RACV will send you an SMS confirming the event is happening and how long it will last, so you know when to start reducing your power usage.

  • 3

    Post-event follow up

    RACV will update you with the results of RACV's Help the Grid event, including how much energy we saved together.

Handy tips for reducing your energy consumption





Air Conditioner

2-3 kWh

Air conditioners use a lot of power. Completely turning off your air conditioner, or setting the temperature higher than usual will help you reduce your energy usage by 2 – 3 kWh.



Running your dishwasher outside of an Event will help to reduce your energy consumption by around 1kWh.

Washing Machine

1 kWh

Washing machines (and dryers) use lots of energy. Not using these during an event could reduce your usage by 1 kWh.


.05 kWh

Turning off one halogen downlight can be a power saver and can save you .05 kWh every hour.

Electric Oven

1 kWh

Using an electric oven for an hour can use 1 kWh every hour. Try making a meal that doesn’t use the oven, or even go out for dinner!

Find out more about the Help the Grid program

Learn more about the trial on the RACV Help the Grid program FAQs or get in touch with us today by emailing energy@racv.com.au